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Black Church Studies Consultation to Address Building Congregations

Feb 04, 2016

Event will also celebrate the Louisville Seminary library's new Black Church Studies Resource Center

On February 26 and 27, the Black Church Studies Program at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will host New Wine, New Wineskins: Black Church Planting and Renewal. Program events on Friday, February 26, will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be held on Louisville Seminary’s campus located at 1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, Ky. 40405. Events on Saturday, February 27, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will take place at Broadway Temple AME Zion Church located at 1301 W. Broadway, Louisville, Ky. 40203.

World-class Speakers

BCS SpeakersCandace Lewis is executive director of Path 1, a program of the United Methodist Church’s Global Ministries Agency designed to establish new UMC congregations. On February 26, Lewis will discuss best strategies for building new churches in her plenary session Building from the Ground Up: Why Plant New Churches? Lewis is co-author of A New Day: A New Way -- Planting, Starting & Revitalizing Ministries (Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2009).

F. Douglas Powe, Jr. is the James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism and managing director of the Institute for Community Engagement at Wesley Theological Seminary. On February 27, Powe will discuss his work and research in two plenary sessions. Preparing to Shift: Moving from Maintenance to Mission will address how urban congregations and congregations in transitional areas flourish through community partnering. How We Roll: Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations will draw on research in his Powe’s latest book, Not Safe for the Church: The Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations, which he co-authored with Jasmine Rose Smothers (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2015).

Grant Crusor is a digital strategist, consultant and director of operations at Urban Village Church in Chicago. Crusor’s February 27 plenary session, Using Social Media for Evangelism and Ministry, will draw in his expertise in the area of social/digital communications as effective means to reach target and general audiences.

New Resources for Louisville Seminary’s Library
On the evening of February 26, as part of the consultation events, Louisville Seminary’s E.M. White Library will celebrate the grand opening of its Black Church Studies Resource Center. The center includes more than 500 books in an effort to provide its students and the community with a well-rounded and robust understanding if the history, issues and future of the Black Church.

General admission to attend Louisville Seminary’s Black Church Studies Consultation is $40 for both days (includes lunch) and $25 for either Friday or Saturday (includes lunch). Admission for students is $25 for both days (includes lunch). For groups of five or more attending as part of their congregation, the cost is $30 per person for both days or $15 per person for either Friday or Saturday (includes lunch).


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